| Event type

Flyweight (≤58 kilograms), Men

Date20 August 2008
LocationBeijing Keji Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

The favorites were the defending champion Chu Mu-Yen of Chinese Taipei, and 2007 World Champion Juan Antonio Ramos of Spain. But they were both defeated by Yulis Mercedes of the Dominican Republic, the 2007 Pan American Games champion, who made his way to the final, where he met his close friend, Mexico’s Guillermo Pérez, silver medalist at the 2007 Worlds. The final match went to overtime, and after a scoreless overtime, Pérez was awarded the gold medal by superiority, which was the first Mexican gold medal at the Olympics since 1984.

One bronze medal was historic when it went to Afghanistan’s Rohullah Nikpai, the first ever Olympic medal for his country. Nikpai noted, “I hope this will send a message of peace to my country after 30 years of war. I won the medal for my country.”

1Guillermo PérezMEXGold
2Gabriel MercedesDOMSilver
=3Chu Mu-YenTPEBronze
=3Rohullah NikpaiAFGBronze
=5Chutchawan KhaolaorTHA
=5Juan Antonio RamosESP
=7Michael HarveyGBR
=7Pedro PóvoaPOR
=9Ryan CarneliAUS
=9Márcio WenceslauBRA
=11Tshomlee GoPHI
=11Alfonso MartinezBIZ
=11Reza NaderianIRI
=11M. A. Jean Moloise OgoudjobiBEN
=11Levent TuncatGER
=11Dickson WamwiriKEN

Round One

Date20 August 2008 — 11:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #120 Aug 11:00Guillermo PérezMEXFinal scoreMichael HarveyGBR
Match #220 Aug 11:15Rohullah NikpaiAFGFinal scoreLevent TuncatGER
Match #320 Aug 11:30Chutchawan KhaolaorTHAFinal scoreM. A. Jean Moloise OgoudjobiBEN
Match #420 Aug 11:45Ryan CarneliAUSFinal scoreTshomlee GoPHI
Match #520 Aug 12:00Chu Mu-YenTPEFinal scoreDickson WamwiriKEN
Match #620 Aug 12:15Gabriel MercedesDOMFinal scorePedro PóvoaPOR
Match #720 Aug 12:30Juan Antonio RamosESPFinal scoreAlfonso MartinezBIZ
Match #820 Aug 12:45Márcio WenceslauBRAFinal scoreReza NaderianIRI


Date20 August 2008 — 16:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #120 Aug 16:00Guillermo PérezMEXFinal scoreRohullah NikpaiAFG
Match #220 Aug 16:15Chutchawan KhaolaorTHAFinal scoreRyan CarneliAUS
Match #320 Aug 16:30Gabriel MercedesDOMFinal scoreChu Mu-YenTPE
Match #420 Aug 16:45Juan Antonio RamosESPFinal scoreMárcio WenceslauBRA


Date20 August 2008 — 17:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final round.
Match #120 Aug 17:30Guillermo PérezMEXFinal scoreChutchawan KhaolaorTHA
Match #220 Aug 17:45Gabriel MercedesDOMFinal scoreJuan Antonio RamosESP

Repêchage Round One

Date20 August 2008 — 18:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.
Match #120 AugChutchawan KhaolaorTHA
Match #220 Aug 18:30Chu Mu-YenTPEFinal scorePedro PóvoaPOR
Match #320 Aug 18:45Rohullah NikpaiAFGFinal scoreMichael HarveyGBR
Match #420 AugJuan Antonio RamosESP

Final Round

Date20 August 2008 — 20:15
Match 1/220 Aug 20:15Guillermo PérezMEXSuperiorityGabriel MercedesDOM
Match 3/520 Aug 19:30Chu Mu-YenTPEFinal scoreChutchawan KhaolaorTHA
Match 3/520 Aug 19:45Rohullah NikpaiAFGFinal scoreJuan Antonio RamosESP